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Butler on his signing

Here's what newly signed defenseman Tyler Butler had to say about signing with the Komets:

On putting on the fireball jersey: "I couldn’t be more excited. It’ll be an honor for me to put on that jersey with the tradition and the way the whole community surrounds the Komets."

On all the leadership: ""That’s something that I don’t think can hurt a hockey club. It will obviously be Chaulker’s team. He’s been the guy for so many years. It will be nice to go into a situation with those guys leading the way. They’re championship guys and proven it time and time again. I’ll ease in with them and be myself and continue to be plugged in."

On going to the ECHL: "It’s going to be good. It will be a different challenge. I’ve never played in the ECHL. It will be fun and there’s no better team to go into a new situation and I think that’s where that leadership will come in. It will be a key factor in facing this new challenge."

On his style of play: "My buddies like to call me a gamer. I will do whatever I can to help the team win. If that means to drop the gloves, I will. I like to shoot the puck. That’s no secret.… As I get older, I’ve tried to do a better job of taking care of my own end. It will be good for me to play under Al Sims, a former NHL defenseman, and learn from a guy like that."

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at